In the recovery area, nurses check your blood pressure, pulse and respiration rate. Medications for pain or nausea may be administered. Your nurse will monitor your recovery and you will be offered water or juice. As soon as you are comfortable, your family member or friend may join you in the post-operative area. For your safety and well being, you must have an adult family member or friend drive you home after surgery. Taxicabs or car services are acceptable means of transportation only when accompanied by a responsible person.
The medical staff will discharge you as soon as your condition is stable. Dizziness, nausea, or sleepiness are common side effects of anesthesia and may persist for up to two days following your procedure.
Your Recovery at Home
Once you feel alert and comfortable, you will get dressed. While resting in the recovery room, we would be happy to direct a friend or family member to a local pharmacy to fill any prescriptions written by your doctor. Before being escorted to your car, a nurse will review home-care instructions with you and give you a copy for easy reference. Your instructions will include information concerning resumption of regular diet and daily activities. It is recommended that you rest comfortably upon arrival at home.
You should wait 24 hours before:
- Driving or operating equipment
- Signing important papers
- Making significant decisions
- Drinking alcoholic beverages
- Taking any medication not prescribed or acknowledged by your doctor